K-9 Winter Ale | Flying Dog Brewery

K-9 Winter AleK-9 Winter Ale
809 Ratings
K-9 Winter AleK-9 Winter Ale

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale

Added by kbub6f on 10-30-2001

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, purchased as part of a sixer @ Green Growler Grocery in Croton-On -Hudson, NY.

Pours dull light brown, with an orange hue. Loose and minor light tan head, leaves fine bits of lacing.

Mild nose of some sugary malts, honey and dark toast.

Malty brew, dark toast comes to mind. Minor complexity and pretty straight forward. Some honey and more sugary sweetness in the finish. Nothing special, but a decent holiday season sipper. 7.4% well in the back ground. Would just fine in a marinade for chicken or pork or as part of a sweet reduced sauce

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Photo of Innocentexile
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured into pint glass

A-Dark red and hazy. a finger of head with good lacing throughout drink

S-Spices are present but had a hard time smelling anything else

T/M-Malty with some Roasted/Nutty flavor. alcohol is present and warming.

O-eh, not too special

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Photo of Amp
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.05/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear light amber color. One finger of creamy beige head. Retention is about average and no lacing is left.

3.0 S: Caramel and nuttiness. Something along the lines of peach fruitiness (this seems to be an off-aroma of sorts). Light "generic" spiciness. Not much going on here, but not bad.

1.5 T: Damn this is non-tasty. First, this is unexpectedly bitter. Indeed, I think this is the most bitter 30 IBUs can get. Second, there's some strange acridity going on here. I don't know where it's coming from, but I don't like it. Third, the maltiness doesn't really show up. Caramel is faint. Toastiness is there, but overall this has very little maltiness to it. The spice is a little stronger, but even that seems like it doesn't belong.

2.5 M: Light to lighter medium body. Watery on the tongue. Carbonation level is fine. Too thin, and lacking the creaminess that I want from the style.

1.5 T: A couple ounces was way more than enough of this, but I drank the whole bottle anyway. What I would like to know is who the hell is buying this such that they haven't retired it? This beer sucks. Avoid.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

K-9 suggests to drink this in your dog's honor during a day a skiing. Okay....I haven't been skiing since I was in kindergarten, and I haven't had a dog in the family since I was ten. Is it okay to drink it on a Sunday evening while I wait for the cats to come inside? While I wait for a response, let's go on to the beer:

If you love a big head on a beer, this is not one to get. Its head is quite small and is quick to drop to a chunky lace. The color is chocolate brown with hues of burnt orange. And the nose...it holds promise, but it is tough to sniff what's really going on down there. There's a note that's like a Tootsie Roll, a few hops are turning in there, and a vague spice. It's make or break time...

At first, it looks like this is going to be exciting. It's big bodied, malty, has a hoppysweet flavor. Yet from there it doesn't build up. A portion of the taste is stuck in AWOL. Among the specifics, dry toffee, hop leaves, and a hint of orange paint the flavor profile. It could be so much more.

Something isn't being worked in this beer. Or maybe this is a sign that I really need to visit the slopes and adopt a dog.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.04/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Stevens Point St. Benedict's Winter Ale.

A: Clear dark red-brown with two-finger, off-white, rocky head that lasted more than a few minutes. Great lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Dark fruit and caramel. Spices and metal.

T: Moderate sweetness and bitterness. Caramel and spice. Sort of nutty. Mild overall.

M: Light to medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Metallic feel. Kind of dry.

O: This beer looks fantastic, but the nose and taste are a bit off, and then there's that metallic taste and feel. Overall, I would call it a tie between this and Benedict's Winter Ale.

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Photo of cates1tg
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of HopsYeast
2.79/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

a-pours a deep brown copper color with a 1 finger creamy pale head that holds for quite some time and leaves nice amounts of lacing. has a somewhat cloudy body that leans more towards clear.

s-spices with some strong maltiness. hops stick out with some orange peel and the aroma of bread with the strong smell of alcohol start to finish. it has a sour smell to it that almost seems to be competing with the hops.

t-kinda bland with nothing major sticking out at first. then the hops hit and remain. spices like clove sticking out. maltiness and a somewhat bright acidic flavor. it finishes quite sour like some kind of sour flavored fruit candy.

m-this is the only really enjoyable aspect of this beer for me. has a nice lower level of carbonation, with a rich creamy body. it goes down rather easy as well.

o-too bad the mouthfeel doesnt have nice flavors to go along with it. this is just an average beer. it isnt downright awful, but it isnt anything exceptional either.

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Photo of jgebauer110
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Barrchon
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours an amber color with a tight off-white cap. Some mild lace. The aroma is of earthy hops, sweet caramel, candi sugar, spice and some cherries. On the palate, toffee and candi sugar carry through the middle before some tart cherry, spice and earthy hops come through in the finish. Medium body, adequate carbonation. A pretty nondescript beer, that falls around average.

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Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 12 oz bottle a dark copper color with a one finger head that quickly dissolves into a light lace. Moderate but lively carbonation. The aroma is of toasty, nutty malt. 1st sip brings a reprise of the aroma...toasty, nutty malt with a hint of dark chocolate. It starts off sweet, but quickly becomes dry in the middle with a very dry, bitter finish consisting of slight hop note & alcohol. Mouthfeel is solid. Overall, a pleasant, but not outstanding winter warmer.

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Photo of Amalak
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a nice, hazy brown. Great foamy tan head and lacing. Some bubbles. Matly, metallic scent to it.

Very tame maltiness. There's a good touch of caramel and mild sweetness, in general. It's light and it's easy. Interesting smoothness to it. It's refreshing, but it's kind of bland. Nothing there that jumps out, but it's an easy to drink ale. I like some parts, and am indifferent toward other.

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Photo of mikechance
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A --- Nice reddish orange --- not much of a head

S --- earthy floralness, yeast, raisin

T --- not much of anything. Kind of malty, maybe a faint hint of clove

M --- light body and little carbination

O --- I'm a little disaapointed. I was expecting it to big one way or another. It's tame and not very memorable.

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Photo of goalie33
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: red shiny body, trace head, zero lacing

S: mild spicy, nutty, caramel, malt

T: same as nose, but light bitter semi-crisp finish

M: light bubby body, semi-crisp

O: Love this style, but not this offering.
Ok, Winter Ale but not worth getting again.


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Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear medium amber, with a creamy tan head building about one finger high. Dissipates fast into good lacing.
The smell is rather disappointing, and I do not detect much but some faint malt.
The taste produced some earthy malt notes and some grassy hops. Not much else I detect.
Never the less it is a refreshing drinkable beer, but not what I expect of a Winterwarmer!

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